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Funding and international operations

The Regional Council of Lapland is the driving force behind the international operations in Lapland. International collaboration aims at implementing the shared development objectives of the entire region. The Regional Council cooperates actively with several organisations in safeguarding the common interests of the region. The focal point of the international operations in Lapland lies in collaboration with the neighbouring countries and in pan-European operation.

International tasks of the Regional Council of Lapland include:

  • implementing and managing EU programmes
  • managing the North Finland EU Office together with the Oulu region and Central Ostrobothnia
  • operating as a member in the Barents Regional Council and the Barents Regional Committee
  • operating as a member in the North Calotte Council and being responsible for its secretarial duties
  • actively participating in the Northern Periphery Programme collaboration
  • actively operating in the Assembly of European Regions (AER)
  • cooperating with Russia and the region of Murmansk in particular
  • cooperating with the Hungarian Transdanubian region, and with Veszprém county in particular.
  • The Regional Council of Lapland is involved in various EU programmes promoting cross-border cooperation. The common objective of Lapland, Finland, and the European Union is to promote the cohesion of the EU and to dissolve any obstacles set by the borders, promote favourable cooperation both in the EU and across its externals borders, and strengthen the competitiveness and living conditions of Lapland by utilising the possibilities presented by cross-border collaboration.


Regional development funding

The regional development funding is a grant intended for the implementation of the development projects in the regional strategic programme of Lapland. The Ministry of Employment and the Economy decides on the annual allocation of regional development funding. As the regional development authority, the Regional Council of Lapland decides on the distribution of the regional development funding in the region. 

ERDF funding in Northern Finland 2014-2020
Companies, educational institutions, research institutions, municipalities, regions and other incorporated societies as well as combinations of these may apply for the funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The funding is granted by the Regional Council of Lapland; Finnvera; and the Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment of Northern Ostrobothnia. More information on applying for ERDF funding is available in Finnish


The North Calotte Council

The North Calotte Council is a Nordic cross-border cooperation organisation funded mainly by the Nordic Council of Ministers. The North Calotte Council provides funding for Nordic projects related to the focus areas selected by the Council. The North Calotte Council

Kolarctic Cross Border Cooperation 2014-2020
Kolarctic CBC is a programme promoting cross-border cooperation between North-West Russia and the North Calotte. It is one of several programmes working across the external borders of the European Union. It is also a financing tool for e.g. the Barents Cooperation that has started in the 1990's. Read more on the Kolarctic CBC website .

Interreg V A North programme 

The Interreg V A North programme operates in the North Calotte area. The County Administrative Board of Norrbotten in Sweden operates as the administrative authority of the programme. The Regional Council of Lapland provides an information service for the programme that serves Finnish applicants of funding in particular.

The Interreg Baltic Sea Region 2014-2020 is one of the transnational programmes by the European Union. It covers mainly countries around the Baltic Sea. The whole area of Finland belongs to the programme area.

The Northern Periphery and Arctic Cooperation Programme

The Northern Periphery and Arctic Cooperation Programme 2014-2020 aims to maintain and develop robust and competitive communities by using innovation; to promote entrepreneurship to realize the potential of the programme area's competitive advantage; to foster energy-secure communities through promotion of renewable energy and energy efficiency; and to protect, promote and develop cultural and natural heritage in the programme area. Programme funding may cover up to 60 per cent of the costs of individual projects. The cooperation area covers regions in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Scotland, Ireland and Northern Ireland, as well as the whole of Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands. Read more on the Northern Periphery and Arctic Cooperation Programme from the programme website .